The Active Citizens Fund totals more than £400,000. The money, which has all been seized from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act, is set aside each year by the Police and Crime Commissioner and made available for communities to bid for.

The main criteria is that the project should encourage people to improve their area and help make it a safer place to live and work. The PCC distributes the money amongst local policing teams in the West Midlands. It is local police who recommends whether a project should be funded.

Policing teams have adopted slightly different processes for awarding Active Citizen Fund money. It is essential that your first step is to contact your local police officers prior to completing an application form. They will advise you on the process. They may also provide you with an application form, guide you through it and assess whether you are likely to be successful. If your bid is successful at this initial stage, you will be contacted by the Police and Crime Commissioner’s office and asked sign and return a Grant Conditions Form.  You will also need to provide a copy of your group’s/organisation’s bank statement.  Please note that this does not mean that you have secured a grant at this stage.  The final decision lies with the Chief Executive of the OPCC

Please note that all successful projects are monitored. Applicants will be required to provide regular ‘Impact Assessment’ reports and details of financial expenditure, including copies of all invoices and receipts throughout the life of the project.

Please note that all bids for 2019/20 need to show how they will reduce youth crime and/or knife crime.

Active Citizens Funding Criteria:

  • Groups and organisations must be properly constituted and have a separate bank account with at least two signatories in to which we can pay the funds.  If there is not dedicated group/organisation bank account, an umbrella organisation may take responsibility for the financial transactions.
  • A group does not need to be based in the community where the project is run, but the project must be of direct benefit to the residents / priorities of that area.
  • We do not fund individual requests for funding or sponsorship, for example sponsored walks.
  • You may include revenue items where this is essential to the running of a time limited project.  We cannot support a bid to cover the cost of a salary.
  • We do not require match funding but will look favourably on projects which contribute additional funds.
  • We cannot fund the purchase of assets that will provide long term benefits to a private company or individual rather than to the community.
  • Safeguarding:  If the project involves children or vulnerable adults, the organisation must have sufficient safeguarding procedures in place.  The safeguarding measures should be proportionate to the risk involved.  This requirement should be discussed with the Partnership Team at the NPU, who will be able to provide more advice.
  • Funding will not be provided for an organisation or project to make payments to itself for the hire of accommodation or facilities
  • Funding cannot be used to make payments to members of the committee of the organisation/group unless this is essential to the success of the project and pre-agreed by West Midlands Police partnership team.

Please refer to your local area to check for any additional criteria.

The Funding Process:

  1. It is essential that your first step will be to make contact with your local neighbourhood partnership team prior to completing an application form.  Your local team will advise you further about the local process and local priorities. They will also guide you through the application process, provide some advice on whether your application is likely to be successful, and where appropriate, will give you an application form.
  2. Once you have spoken to your local team and completed an application form, your bid should be submitted to your NPU.
  3. If your bid is successful at the first stage and subsequently passed on, the OPCC, will ask you to sign and  return a Grant Conditions form and provide a copy of your group’s / organisation’s bank statement. Only once these documents have been returned will the bid be considered by the Chief Executive for authorisation.

 All successful schemes/projects are monitored.  Applicants will be required to provide ‘Impact Assessment’ reports and details of financial expenditure, including copies of all invoices and receipts throughout the life of the project/scheme and at its conclusion. Provision of monitoring and assessment information is a condition to which you will be agreeing if you sign the Grant Conditions’ form.

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To discuss an application you will need to contact your local police partnership team. Please see relevant contact details below:

Alternatively, you can contact your local Neighbourhood Team by visitinghttps://www.west-midlands.police.uk / ‘Find Your Local Police’

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